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WL Best Practices Checklist

To earn the WL Best Practices stipend, faculty teaching a Writing to Learn course will submit documentation showing that the course meets best practices guidelines.  Documentation should include

  • the course syllabus, including the WL Statement of Intent and Philosophy of Writing.
  • copies of the instructions (the assignments sheets designed to be handed out to students) for each type of formal writing assignment used in the course.
  • copies of the grading criteria (the information designed to be handed out to students) showing how each type of formal writing assignment will be evaluated.

Writing and the course grade

The syllabus should state that students must pass the writing component in order to pass the course.   

Amount of formal writing

The combination of minimum word or page length for various formal writing assignments and number of assignments should make it clear that the course requires a minimum of 15 pages of formal writing.

List of due dates

Due dates for formal writing assignments should be stated in the syllabus or course schedule.

Statement of how students will get feedback

The syllabus should include a statement telling students how they will get feedback on their writing.

Academic honesty statement

The syllabus should include a statement that students are expected to provide source citations for all material from outside sources used in their formal writing and should indicate which source citation system students should use.

Instructions for writing assignments

The Best Practices documentation packet should include instructions for each type of formal writing students will do.

Grading criteria

The Best Practices documentation packet should include grading criteria for each type of formal writing assignment.